OPPONENTS Leicester City 
DATE Sunday 10th January 2016
VENUE White Hart Lane
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PREDICTION Tottenham Hotspur    2         Leicester City    1

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Tottenham Hotspur  2 (1)                                                                       
FA Cup Third Round
Sunday 10th January 2016
White Hart Lane
Leicester City  2 (1)

Kick off 16:00
Eriksen  7m 57s
Kane (p)  88m 43s
Wasilewski  18m 23s
Okazaki  47m  01s
Bentaleb (foul on Dyer )  90+2 


Wasilweski  (foul on Rose)  15
Schmeichel  (dissent)  89


Crowd :   35,805 Weather :  Chilly
Referee :  Robert Madley (West Yorkshire) Assistant Referees :  Mr. A. Holmes; Mr. M. Mullarkey
Fourth Official :  Roger East  
Leicester City kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 4 minutes.
Tottenham Hotspur : kit Leicester City : kit
13  Michel VORM

16  Kieran TRIPPIER
27  Kevin WIMMER
  3  Danny ROSE  (c)

15  Eric DIER  (  6  Nabil BENTALEB  68     )
28  Tom CARROLL  (10  Harry KANE  68  )

22  Nacer CHADLI  (20  Dele ALLI  73)
23  Christian ERIKSEN 
25  Josh ONOMAH

  7  Heung-Min SON 

Unused subs: 
33  Ben DAVIES
  Harry WINKS
11  Erik LAMELA

    1  Kasper SCHMEICHEL (c)     

  2  Richie de LAET
27  Marcin WASILEWSKI       

24  Nathan DYER
10  Andy KING 
33  Gokhan INLER
14  N'Golo KANTE   (20  Shinji OKAZAKI 46  )

22  Demarai GRAY   (11  Mark ALBRIGHTON 65)

23  Leonardo ULLOA

Unused subs: 
17  Danny SIMPSON
  5  Wes MORGAN
26  Riyad MAHREZ


Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino Manager :  Claudio Ranieri
Sponsor :   AIA Shirt sponsor :  King Power
Kit Supplier :  Under Armour Kit Supplier :   Puma
Match report

The hilarious chants from the Leicester City fans of "Handball" came back to bite them on the bum, as Spurs secured a late draw with a penalty for of all things ... handball, in this 2-2 Third Round FA Cup tie at the Lane.  The Foxes fans were taunting Tottenham supporters for an unsuccessful claim for a free-kick when they believed a hand had been used, but Nathan Dyer's flick away from Danny Rose in the box with his forearm handed (quite literally) Harry Kane the opportunity to level things up

With a league game three days later, both sides were at less than 100% first choice and the game was a little disjointed because of it.  Ranieri said he felt that his side didn't miss their big names, while Spurs had a bench that was strong, but there were still a number of players who will feature on Wednesday that didn't make the subs list.  The unfamiliarity of some of the players having to play together may have been responsible for some of the incidents in the match.

Leicester new boy, Demarai Gray, who Spurs had long been linked with, had the first shot of the match, with an effort from 25 yards that went a good ten yards wide after he came infield from his left wing position, but Tottenham had been working their left side and Wimmer put Rose in to put a dangerous cross in front of goal, but there was nobody alert enough to get on the end.  Not that it mattered too much, as in the ninth minute, Christian Eriksen handed Spurs an early lead.  Josh Onomah helped on a ball forward into the path of Nacer Chadli inside the left side of the area.  The Belgian took the ball inside his man and hit a shot that Schmeichel could only parry out to the edge of the box, where Eriksen controlled it and smashed it back low past him into the net.

Christian had a chance to double his tally with a free-kick to the left of centre and he brought out a bizarre punch from Schmeichel that could have gone anywhere, but the next goal threat came from a Leicester corner that brought their equaliser.  Maybe the lack of playing together cost Spurs this goal, but Alderweireld lost Wasilewski, who had a free header running towards the near post and heading across Vorm from the edge of the six yard box to make it 1-1 with 18 minutes gone.

Almost immediately, Tottenham hit back, with Son doing well on the left to pull the ball back to the edge of the box and his first time, left foot shot forced the keeper to save.  In the 24th minute, Michel Vorm's error of last season's FA Cup match against Leicester almost became another in this game, as his clearance picked out Dyer and he tried to shoot back past the goalie, but it took a deflection of Wimmer and looped up comfortably for Vorm to catch.  Tottenham were working the ball around well and Chadli had a shot that brought Schmeichel into a diving save, when he hit it from 25 yards and then Nacer closed in on goal after ghosting past two Foxes on the left, but Wasilewski denied him a shot at the expense of a corner.  When it was punched out, Trippier took a pot shot from 25 yards and the ball flew just a few feet too high.  Even Dier tried his luck from 30 yards out, but even though the bobbler was fumbled by Schmeichel, he recovered the loose ball easily.

While the half-time stats were shown on the big screen, the 76% possession meant little with only one goal to show for it.  Having dominated proceedings in the first half at Everton, we found ourselves in the same position.  And that lack of killer instinct became an issue two minutes after the break.  Shinji Okazaki had replaced Kante, but his direct approach up front caused the Spurs defence problems.  Vorm somehow misjudged a header from Benalouane and had to tip it over the bar at the last minute, giving the visitors a corner.  When it wasn't cleared, Okazaki got the ball inside the left side of the box and with Carroll and Alderweireld failed to make telling interventions, the Japanese striker poked a shot at Vorm, who kept it out, but the ball went straight back to him and he shot in off the post to give Leicester the lead.  It was another sloppy goal to concede.

Spurs suddenly added a little urgency to their game, with Trippier making the most of space on the right to fizz in a cross, but it was put out for a corner and from that, Dier headed on to Son at the far post and his shot was going wide until Chadli got a head to it, although he couldn't control it or get it on target.  Son had another shot blocked following a corner, Carroll played in Chadli to get past two defenders and hit a shot at goal, but Schmeichel saved.  The referee had a word with the keeper about the time it took him to take a goal kick, but as usual, failed to do anything about the outrageous time-wasting he was perpetrating.  Onomah was unlucky, as after a good passing move, he was played in on the right of centre, but the ball wouldn't sit down for him to get a proper contact and the effort was blocked. 

In what was now a rare attack form Leicester, Dyer shot narrowly wide from outside the area, before Son had a shot deflected wide and then Trippier had the same result from a long shot.  Gray had been involved in the match and got a shot on goal when he fired one from 22 yards out, but it took a deflection and went wide, but that was about his last action before being substituted, with Albrighton coming on for him.  Soon after Kane came on for Carroll and Bentaleb replaced Dier.  The first thing Bentaleb did was have a wild shot form over 25 yards out.   Unsurprisingly, some of his team-mates were less than impressed.

Bringing on Dele Alli did make a bit of a difference, as Chadli had been moved to a central midfield role, which saw him crowded out.  Okazaki headed an Albrighton cross wide and Alderweireld moved forward to strike a shot over from outside the penalty box, but Spurs were struggling to break down a massed Leicester defence.  It was about this time that the visiting fans started their "handball" chants.  These fans of clubs who think they are big clubs are all the same.  But the irony was not lost on the Tottenham supporters, as the game entered the final stages.

Onomah had a shot deflected for a corner, then another was won and when the ball broke to Bentaleb 25 yards out, he switched feet to take the ball infield from right of centre and curled a left foot shot that would have gone inside Schmeichel's post had he not produced an over-elaborate punch to keep it out.  The Alderweireld-Alli axis almost paid off again, with a high ball to the edge of the box headed backwards by Dele, trying to loft it over the keeper, who was in no-man's land, but the ball drifted just wide of the goal.  Shortly after that, Danny Rose burst forward into the left hand side of the box and was faced by Nathan Dyer, whose left hand side-swiped the ball away as he turned.  Accidental or hand to ball ?  Referee Madley deeply and truly believed it was an offence and pointed to the spot.  Cue Schmeichel to try to heap pressure on Kane, who had grabbed the ball, by getting in the referee's face and getting a yellow card for it when his time-wasting should have already brought him a caution.  Wasilewski tried to put Kane off by abusing him as he put the ball down on the spot, but Harry took a considered run up and put his foot through the ball, sending it to Schmeichel's right.  The keeper went the right way, but got nowhere near the ball and as it hit the net, the first shouts of "handball" from the Spurs fans were heard.  The Leicester end were silent, as they thought they had the game won.

With a corner and a free-kick in added time, it was Spurs who looked the likelier to score, but Bentaleb took one for the team by baulking Dyer as he ran into the Spurs half towards the end.

So, the game ended 2-2 and a replay that neither side could have wanted, although it does give the fringe performers another opportunity to get game time.   It was probably a fair result, but Leicester fans won't think so.  However, the late penalty might give Spurs a slight psychological advantage in Wednesday's league meeting, although it will be a totally different game.

For Tottenham, Josh Onomah worked hard and got involved in the game, roughing up the Leicester defenders, which was a laugh when you see the size of them, Wimmer did well too and Son struggled a little running into a crowded defence, but he worked hard to pull players around, as did Onomah.  Vorm didn't have much chance with either goal really, but didn't cover himself in glory with a couple of dodgy moments.

So, on to the Walkers Dome for the replay.  Will Spurs get revenge for last season ?  We'll have to wait ten days to find out.

Noah Kennedy




Leicester City were nicknamed the Foxes after the strong aroma they left in their trail after matches, when they had no access to showers.


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